FAYETTEVILLE – Junior Lindsay Patterson scored less than two minutes into the second overtime period to lift the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team to a hard-fought, 1-0, victory over Missouri State on Friday night at Lady’Back Field in Fayetteville.
Arkansas’ victory is its second overtime win in as many games and improves the Lady Razorbacks to 6-2-0 on the year. Arkansas also improves its home record to 3-1-0. The Lady Razorbacks were cheered on Friday night by a season best crowd of 956 fans, the fourth largest crowd in Arkansas history. The attendance is also a record for non-conference opponents. Missouri State falls to 4-4-0.
“This was a wonderful game between two quality sides,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. “It was certainly a well deserved win on our part. That was a great goal. We had some chances in the second half that we were not able to capitalize on, but that score made up for all of them.”
Scoreless through 100-plus minutes of action, the Lady Razorbacks won the ball at midfield and sent a looping pass over a flat Missouri State defense. With fresh legs, Arkansas’ Kelly O’Connor and Lindsay Patterson gave chase with Missouri State’s goalkeeper Jackie Jasper attempting to reach the ball first. O’Connor and Jasper met at the loose ball at the top of the penalty area and the rebound from the sliding players squirted out to Patterson. A moment later and the Lady Razorbacks were rushing the field with a 1-0 win as Patterson deposited the loose ball into an open net.
“It was great teamwork,” Patterson said following the game. “If Kelly doesn’t get to that ball, then we keep playing. It was nice to get the win in overtime here since they beat us in overtime at their place last season.”
Both sides played an excellent game throughout the contest with most of the scoring opportunities coming from the outside. Stout four-person defenses on both sides kept the opposing offenses at bay with 13 combined corner kicks most of the offense from the 18-yard box toward the goals.
The Lady’Back defense, already shorthanded with the loss of senior Sarah Gwisdala, went down by two early in the contest when freshman Claire Hakim was forced to leave the game with a possible broken nose. In to replace the freshman starter was fellow first-year Sam Bolton who gave the Lady’Backs another solid effort in her longest stint of the year, 89 minutes. Bolton’s play on the right side of the Arkansas defense was essential to the Lady’Backs being able to play their style of soccer.
In goal, freshman Britni Williams made Lady Razorback history by recording her fifth shutout of the season. Her third straight shutout allowed her to pass former Lady’Back Megan Bals for career shutouts by a freshman goalkeeper. Williams also made five saves in the contest, none more important than the scoop she made on a low, skipping shot in the second overtime, moments prior to the Arkansas score. For the year, Williams dropped her goals against average to a miniscule 0.37, down six hundredths from her average entering the game which ranked 25th in the nation.
The Lady Razorbacks are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they face Jacksonville State University at Lady’Back Field beginning at 1:00 p.m. For more information about Lady Razorback soccer or about Arkansas women’s athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.